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Reasonable Fear Paperback – January 5, 2011

4.7 out of 5 stars 1,199 customer reviews
Book 4 of 7 in the Joe Dillard Series

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About the Author

Scott Pratt is the author of four Joe Dillard novels: "An Innocent Client," "In Good Faith," "Injustice for All," and "Reasonable Fear." He lives in Northeast Tennessee with his wife and a bunch of dogs.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456324608
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456324605
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,199 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,048,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the second book that I have read in the 'Joe Dillard' series, the other one was 'Blood Money'. Well this story started off pretty much what I expected. Three girls murdered, the suspects are 'rich'. So when Joe starts investigating, the strings of political powers are pulled, so not only is Joe fighting trying to investigate, he has the governer on down telling him to lay off. Not bad so far, wait for it.
The suspects are tied in with cocaine dealers from Columbia, and now Joe has to gather up all his family, go to an old military buddy, the buddy loads Joe up with all sorts of guns, mortars, ammo, and away Joe goes. And there goes the story, (rolling of the eyes).
Sometimes you hit one out of the park, or strike out when you're not looking. I'm keeping the faith and will read another installment of Joe Dillard. Kisses.
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It's hard to top some of the wonderful reviews already posted, but I just finished reading Reasonable Fear and once again Mr Pratt kept me reading late into the night (a work night at that) and I absolutely loved it. If there is one thing that I tell friends, whom I've recommended Pratt's novels to, it's to expect the unexpected in any Joe Dillard story. Well, when I got to Part 3, I had no idea how the author would pull off the ending of the novel,but he did it and left me wanting more.

Joe Dillard is a wonderful and complex character and I can't wait to read what life brings for him and his family in future novels.

Mr Pratt - Thanks for hours of reading enjoyment.....can't wait until your next novel is released, it will be on my Kindle the day it is.
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This outing isn't quite as good as the previous three Joe Dillard legal thrillers, but it was a compelling page-turner none-the-less. I was sad to see that Pratt's book wasn't being published by a major publisher, and wondered why more readers hadn't caught onto the series. I hope to see Joe Dillard again, but this time I hope he spends more time in a courtroom, and less time acting like an action-hero.
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I have just finished the third book in the Dillard series. In fact I read all three in three days, yes they are that good. Never slowed down, never bogged. Some of the time-lines threw me but never the story or the characters. I have read every John Sanford, every James Lee Burke, Michael Connelly, Earl Stanley Garner, so you know where I'm coming from if you've read them. I am NOT saying Pratt is better, but the Dillard stories and the characters Pratt creates are almost that good.
These stories are entertainment, it's fiction and intrigue. I would recommend these books to any fan of a good multilevel legal/police procedural stories, and is good that there are several more Dillard books to get to, so excuse me while I hit BUY on my Kindle.

UPDATE: this series fails and dies here on the 4th book. My review was based on the first 3 books and my review was misplaced here. I agree with the reviewer who stated totally irrational. Sorry Mr. Pratt, good luck w/# 6, I preview # 5 and won't gamble on it. Time to give Dillard a rest..
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This is the fourth book in Scott Pratt's Joe Dillard series. I have read the previous three in the series, and each book develops the characters a little more. Even though each novel stands on its own, the author has a knack for reminding the reader of the past histories of the characters that significantly adds to the plot development. I look forward to the next installment in the series. The whole series is a great read.
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I've been reading all the Joe Dilliard books, now about to start book 5. I have to say that I was most disappointed in this one. That's not to say it isn't a good book. The author is an excellent writer, and his stories are well-done. My big problem is that I want books featuring lawyers to deal with courtroom drama, and there is little of that here. Also, I dislike that every official is corrupt and compromising, even Bates, and that every judge in the series is a jerk. Also, the escalation of risk was unnecessary. Did we have to get to terrorism--serial killers and deranged murderers aren't enough?

Also, though I appreciate that Joe is a complex, fully-drawn character with flaws and issues, I would prefer that he not compromise his principles, and he seems to more and more with each book.

I'm hoping things go back to a better place in the next book, as I have otherwise enjoyed the series greatly.
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I read and loved the first 3 books in this series and didn't like this one at all. The author has turned a likeable character into a "holier than thou" egomaniac. The other characters in the book were not believable and I found the ending disappointing. I am hoping the next one is better.
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I jumped into this series on the 4th book, was just perusing the Kindle deals, and went for it, so my review/read will be missing some components. Unfortunately i did not like this crime-drama/mystery book. I found it boring, the characters unbelievable and flawed, and the writing generally messy. Other reviewers say the first 3 books are better, but I don't think I'll be giving them a try.
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